Lyft to offer scheduled rides - FT.com
Tick tock public transit, tick tock!
"Left, the ride-hailing company, is set to start offering scheduled rides, a departure from the on-demand model which brings the company into even more direct competition with taxis.
The ability to schedule a ride in advance is a feature that both Lyft and its chief rival Uber had previously resisted, on the grounds that on-demand rides kept the system more efficient.
Lyft said the new feature would allow riders to book a ride up to 24 hours in advance. After tests in San Francisco, the service will be rolled out to other cities."
Now all it needs to do is roll out its ride sharing carpool service where individuals can pay a monthly fee for carpool ride sharing services which take the riders door to door. Lyft will need to create an algorithm which will constantly allocate riders to cars for the most economical commute. It should allow changes to schedule without additional cost if made sufficiently before the pick-up time.
Meanwhile back in Portlandia, the transportation planners still want to build a $2 billion light rail to nowhere, because they simply cannot understand that changes are coming to transportation, changes which will make all of our recent infrastructural spending moot, and soon.
Share ride carpools with 4-5 people will likely be able to charge rates within 100% to 200% of the transit fare, with a human driver. Once the driver is eliminated, that fare will be able to drop dramatically.
Tick tock transit, tick tock!